The program promoting and supporting young architecture organized by MAXXI Architettura together with MoMA/MoMA PS1 in New York and CONSTRUCTO of Santiago in Chile has announced UNIRE/UNITE by Urban Movement Design as winner of the 2012 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome. Following MAXXI’s first successful summer installation named WHATAMI by stARTT, Urban Movement Design now has the opportunity to reinvent the MAXXI piazza with an interactive installation featuring a long and sinuous band of wood and grass that encourages a playful bond between the building and its users. This proposal was selected over four other shortlisted contestants who where chosen by an Italian jury. Both UNIRE/UNITE by Urban Movement Design and WENDY by HWKN (HollwichKushner) will be inaugurated in the MAXXI piazza and the courtyard at MoMA PSI in June 2012, along with an exhibit showcasing the fifteen design proposals from the finalists. Continue reading for more information on this years MAXXI winner, UNIRE/UNITE.
MAXXI, MoMA and their new Chilean partner CONSTRUCT have kicked off the 2012 edition of YAP MAXXI, following this past summer’s successful first edition named WHATAMI by stARTT. Together the U.S. and Italian jury chose five finalists, from the 43 invited designers, who may still have the opportunity to reinvent the square of MAXXI in Rome. The winners of both YAP MAXXI in Rome and MoMA PS1 in New York will be announced in February and the installations will launch simultaneously in June 2012. The 2012 MAXXI shortlist includes 6mu6 (Turin, Italy: Valentina Toscano, Stefano Verrocchio), John A. Salvator Liotta, Matteo Belfiore with Taichi Kuma and Yuta Ito (Naples, Italy / Tokyo, Japan), Rural Boxx (Sacile, Italy: Alessandro Zorzetto, Francesca Modolo, Luciano Aldrighi, Jacopo Toso, Luca Vivan), Urban Movement (New York, USA / Rome, Italy: Robyne Kassen, Sarah Gluck, Simone Zbudil Bonatti), and Yellow Office Yellow Office (Milan, Italy: Francesca Benedetto, Dong Sub Bertin).